Reducing Risk in Sports: Finger, hand and wrist injuries

The hand is one of the most complex parts of your body. The movement of the muscles, tendons, ligaments and joints allows you to do a wide variety of tasks that involve both strength and dexterity. This includes simple sport-specific skills such as catching a ball, gripping a bat or tying your cleats.

A significant number of sports-related injuries involve the finger, hand or wrist. These injuries can range from minor scratches and cuts to more severe conditions, such as fractures and dislocations. Acute, traumatic fractures often occur in contact sports, such as football, hockey, volleyball and basketball. Chronic stress and overuse injuries are common in racquet sports and golf. In gymnastics, they are also common, as are traumatic injuries.

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